Do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut? Living the same routine day after day, not getting any closer to your goals, not living with any passion, exhausted and weary, moody and anxious? I know I have and it makes me question my motives, my role, and even my worth.
Then, recently it clicked. I am not able to change every situation I am in, nor can I control the behavior of those around me, but I can control how I react. Instead of settling for an unsatisfying rut, we can make a few changes to make our situations improve. Therefore, we can live a happier, more satisfying life full of purpose and passion.
Don’t get me wrong. I totally understand that there are certain things and situations in our lives that we simply can not control. Today, I want to encourage you to make positive changes to get to where you want to be. I want to help you take those first few steps towards your goals. I want to throw you a small lifesaver to help you get out of that deep water you are just wading in. Let’s not just work to stay afloat, let us strive to get out and go to new places!
What areas of your life are you unhappy with? What goals do you keep saying you have, but you aren’t actually acting on? Where do you want to be in a year? Five, even ten years?
If you want something in your life to change, then you need to make a change. Change requires action. We can’t keep sitting around daydreaming about how nice it would be if we could just reach this goal or that.
If I could just lose 20 pounds…
If I could just get out of debt…
If I could just get more organized…
If I could just have more time…
If I could just be happier…
If I could just make more money…
And the list goes on. Let’s stop saying “If I could…” because we CAN!
What are your passions and your goals?
-Write them down. Dream big!
-Put them somewhere, or multiple places, you will see them every day.
-Break them down and figure out what smaller goals you can set to reach the bigger ones.
-Give those smaller goals time frames to ensure that you are making progress.
-Reward yourself when you reach goals to set up successful progress.
Remember, it is about progress, not perfection. If you are doing what matters in life and making progress, then you don’t have to stress so much.
Sometimes I feel like I’m crawling when I want to be leaping, but as least I’m still going forward.
Rather than thinking you have so much to do, or so many unmet goals, you will feel much more satisfied and find grace at the end of a day when you know that you have made progress in an area. We must have that positive perspective to make a change and move towards our goals.
If your rut is health and fitness, get moving! Literally. Find an exercise program you love, but make sure you are pairing it with a healthy diet since most weight loss and health is dependent upon your diet. Find an accountability partner or group to set yourself up for success. I have found a great coach and accountability group. We don’t have to do it alone!
If it is debt, organization, or time management that has you in a rut, do some research! Dave Ramsey is a great resource for figuring out how to make and follow a budget. He also has tons of other financial advice.
If you are wanting to make more money, what can you do to reach your goals? Commit to working hard? Setting aside more time? Finding a new job? Organizing?
The resources for de-cluttering, organization, and goal setting are endless. There are tons of pins on Pinterest, videos on YouTube, podcasts… you name it. One of my favorite resources for organization, time management, and overall goal setting is Chalene Johnson’s “30 Day Challenge” which you can find at http://www.30daypush.com.
What type of rut are you in? What change do you need to make to be happier and more fulfilled? (Feel free to comment below.) More sleep? Maybe waking up earlier to be more productive? More quiet time with God? Does something in a relationship need to be improved?
Whatever you need to change to get out of your rut, make it happen. Make it a priority, commit, and take the first step to making a change. You don’t have to take ten steps right now, just one. One step at a time, one day at a time. Wherever you are in your life right now will NOT magically change. So if you are unhappy being stuck in a rut, you must be intentional and make some sort of change. Stop settling for mediocre, and a life of simple routine. Start reaching for a life full of purpose and passion!